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29 Apr 2020

Festival Time

Coins-World | Mokie

In 1951 Great Britain, still recovering from the ravages of World War II decided to hold a special event. Although the stated purpose was the commemorate the centennial of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the real purpose was to lift the spirits of a still recovering Great Britain and to show the world that British exceptionalism had returned. Festival events were held throughout Great Britain but the main focus was on Greater London. Like any great national event, there was some controversy concerning the huge costs for exhibition halls and whatnot to be used for only a few months, but with a Pip Pip and a Cheerio, the show went on. My latest coin, arriving today is this 1951 Festival of Britain commemorative crown with a beautiful rendition of St. George slaying a Dragon on its reverse. King George VI, who died in February of 1952 graces the obverse. The coin is copper-nickel and had a mintage of just over 2 million. The original box of issue is included in my purchase, it is a little battered with time but still retains a certain nobility that seems just right for such a beautiful Crown (and Crown-Sized) coin.

27 Apr 2020

An Interesting Variation

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Some of you that follow my blogs have probably noted that I have an inordinate interest in Canadian Coins, that interest also extends to Currency, Medals, and Ephemera. I was hoping one of you has the answer to a question I have about the two bills pictured. They are both from 1967, they both have the Canadian Centennial Maple Leaf logo on the obverse and they both have the Old Parliament Building on the reverse. But, and its an important but, one has a serial number and one has the dual dates 1867 1967 in place of the serial number. They are both legal tender and neither is worth much unless in fairly high grades. So here's the question. Why the difference? Is the dual dated example meant to be distributed to collectors only while the serial numbered example is for general circulation? Was one issued before the other, in other words, did one issue replace the other? I am doing research for an article I am writing on the general subject of Canada 1967 and I would like to flesh out the article with the straight story on this variation. PS- the Post Card is just for fun, it shows all the Canadian Provinces at the time of the centennial. It does not include the Yukon or Northwest Territories. Since 1967, no new provinces but the eastern half of the Northwest Territory has had the Nunavut Territory calved off its eastern flank like a big iceberg.

26 Apr 2020

Oh Canada!!!

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Over the years, I have developed a strong interest in the coins, stamps, medals, and ephemera associated with the Canadian Centennial celebration in 1967. While searching rolls of Lincoln cents to fill my Whitman folders, I frequently encountered Canadian cents. Although most Canadian Cents were the familiar Maple Leaf designs, I would occasionally find a Canadian Centennial cent with its dual date and Rock Dove reverse. For a young collector in 1968, this was fascinating and led me down a road that I still travel.

23 Apr 2020

Another Show Bites the Dust

Coins | Mokie

Well, another of our great spring/summer coin shows has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed by the Corona Pandemic. The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) show scheduled for May 7 thru 9 will not occur. I feel badly for all the vendors, all the eager collectors, all the volunteers, all the Kids, and especially for our Show Runner, Patrick McBride. He puts his heart and soul into every one of our twice yearly shows and he is truly an inspiration to all of us who volunteer. PAN is the local sponsor club for the Worlds Fair of Money so many of us volunteers will be eagerly awaiting that event this August in Pittsburgh, PA. Richard Jewell will be the local coordinator and I, for one, will be volunteering my time to The Greatest Show in the Whole Numismatic World. The PAN show will return from October 29-31 and the PAN KidZone will be the best yet. So mark your calendars and make the WFM and the Fall PAN Show, your destinations.

15 Apr 2020

Some Sad News

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Glenna Goodacre, the sculptor who designed the obverse of the Sacagawea Dollar has passed away at the age of 80. Ms. Goodacre's design showing Sacagawea with Baby Jean Baptiste is my favorite design of the modern era of small Dollars. It is the only modern Dollar I actively and happily collect. There is just somethng perfect about the way Ms. Goodacre depicted Sacagawea and Jean Pierre that reminds me of every loving Mother and Child. A timeless design for sure. Please read more about her in this newspaper article.https://www.pressherald.com/2020/04/15/sculptor-glenna-goodacre-who-created-vietnam-womens-memorial-dies-at-80/

14 Apr 2020

Heraldic Art Medals Part 2

Medals-So-Called Dollars | Mokie

Well true to my nature, I had decided that I would collect the whole series of 1959 Heraldic Art Medals after I received the Hawaii Statehood Medal. I had originally intended to only purchase the Alaska Statehood and the St. Lawrence Seaaway medals to complete the 1959 So-Called Half Dollars, but found this beautiful set on Ebay and HAD, I mean, HAD to have it. I juggled a few things, ignored a few household bills (bye bye Fiat) and I am now the proud owner of this set of three originally sold by Mr. McNamara himself.

10 Apr 2020

Green Stamp Slobber

Exonumia | Mokie

Most of us older collectors remember when S&H Green Stamps were the rage. Green Stamps were a clever mid-century marketing idea where a merchant, usually a grocery store or gasoline station, would buy the Green Stamps from S&H and then give them to customers as premiums for their purchase of groceries or gasoline. In many cases, as a promotion, merchants would offer double or even triple your normal Green Stamp haul. I remember that was a really common thing at Gas Stations in the 1960’s.

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